Palm Court

Palm Court
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 556 2414
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 8am–7pm; Fri 8am–9pm; Sat 8am–9pm; Sun 9am–7pm.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 8am–7pm; Fri 8am–8pm; Sat 8am–9pm; Sun 9am–7pm (Afternoon tea: noon–5pm).
  • Average price £40 (afternoon tea)
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Afternoon tea involves serious spoiling at one of Edinburgh’s grandest hotels

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Afternoon tea at The Balmoral is an Edinburgh institution and the place to go if you want to be spoiled. The room belongs to another era – palm trees line the room, a Venetian chandelier glitters overhead while a harpist discretely serenades you from the balcony above. Tea aficionados are well-catered for and the loose-leaf selection includes an exciting array from that well-known Scottish tea-growing centre: Perthshire. The food arrives in waves – amuse-bouche followed by crisp goat’s cheese tartlet and a competent selection of crustless sandwiches which showcase the Balmoral’s smoked salmon. Things then shift up a gear – freshly baked scones arrive still warm from the oven, with immaculate patisserie featuring elements from the Balmoral Chocolate Room. If all that’s missing from the picture is a glass of champagne, there are several vintages available by the glass. This is no everyday sojourn; it’s an old-school treat that transforms the simple matter of tea into the grandest of occasions.

  • High point: Pâtisserie as pretty as they are scrumptious
  • Low point: Savouries are a little outgunned by the sweets
  • Notable dish: Freshly baked scones, clotted cream and preserves
  • Average price: £40 (afternoon tea)

Palm Court is an Edinburgh institution that's as glittering as its glass dome and Venetian chandelier. Sip vintage champagne or sample the award-winning afternoon tea with a wide selection of loose leaf teas, coffee, classic and contemporary sandwiches and savouries, pastries and sweet treats. A harpist provides the perfect accompaniment.

Experience the Balmoral afternoon tea, now with 20 exclusive loose-leaf teas to choose from, as well as a royal-themed afternoon tea. The Balmoral is served daily in Palm Court, accompanied by a harpist. The Balmoral is £35.00 per person or from £50.00 if you splash out in style and add a glass of Bollinger Champagne.

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  • Private dining: n/a
  • No. overnight rooms: 188
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mozart
  • Live entertainment: Afternoon harpist from 2.30pm (May–Sep, Mon–Sun; Oct–Apr, Wed–Sun)
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 1902
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £32.50 per bottle